Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber





Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.




Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.



Hans Jeff Borger

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sheet Music brings to life long lost songs


   I hope you have a chance to listen in to my internet radio show. It's on weekly, Saturdays at 1pm with a repeat Sunday at 1pm EST on www.TheGeneMartinShow.com.

  Recently a good friend of mine, Jo, sent me a whole bunch of old sheet music. I am a pack rat when it comes to collecting records, but I don't really have that much sheet music. If I could play the piano better than I can, then maybe I would have more sheet music!

There were many songs that were "old friends" in this stack of music that I got from Jo. Songs like "Because of You", "The Loveliest Night of the Year" and "My Truly Truly Fair" are at the top of my list for playing on the piano.

Some of the music is simply hilarious or hopelessly out of date, even for "The Nostalgic Rambler"!  I have included a few of those covers here and will offer some examples of these long forgotten songs!

"Put Your Shoes On, Lucy"
Got an invitation to visit in Manhattan with my high fallutin' kin,
Ordered from the catalog some fancy clothes,
Looked so stylish from my head to toes,
Saw ev'ry sight and I even did some flirtin'
Did all right til my feet took to hurtin',
So I slipped off my shoes when I thought they couldn't see,
But they must a 'cause this is what they always sang to me.
Put your shoes on, Lucy...

"Quicksilver" (Bing Crosby sang this?!)
Seems like I am having trouble with you
And I don't know what I'm gonna do.
Seems like you're fickle as can be,
And your fickle ways got me up a tree.
You're as hard to hold as quicksilver,
                                                                when you kiss and run away....


"Candy Kisses"
Candy Kisses wrapped in paper
mean more to you than any of mine.
Candy Kisses wrapped in paper,
you'd rather have them any old time....

"Poison Love"
All your poison love has stained the life blood in my heart and soul dear,
And I know my life will never be the same....

Thanks Jo for this great collection of music, both familiar and not so well known...It's a lotta fun to be at the piano with these songs...........




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